Trailblazers and top performers in the Gold Coast business community were recognized and celebrated last night at the Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce

2010 Business Awards.

Trailblazers and top performers in the Gold Coast business community were recognized and celebrated last night, Thursday Sept 2, at the Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce
2010 Business Awards. With the exceptionally high standard of nominees this year, the judges didn’t have an easy task in picking the winners, and those who walked away with an award represented the cream of the crop. The evening was hosted by Channel 7 weather reporter Liz Cantor and attended by almost 100 members of the local business community. A panel of independent judges including local business leaders and local MP Jann Stuckey decided on the winners from each category, and the results are as follows:
Tursa Under 25 Young Business Achiever Award
Gemma Roberts – Serene Beauty:
Gemma was recently awarded the 2010 APAA Therapist of the Year, an
award that celebrates aesthetics and high achievers in the beauty
industry field. Alongside studying a Certificate IV in small business
management and holding a managerial role, this young lady has shown
great potential during her employment with Serene Beauty and Medispa
in Tugun thanks to her commitment to her clients, and her ability to
provide service with care.
The Pines Business Achievement Award: 5 or less Employees
Sealife Interiors:
This store on the Gold Coast highway at Palm Beach offers stylish
recycled collectable furniture and home wares which have been given a
complete makeover to suit a modern beach theme. The store connects
with clients through their retail showroom in a converted beachside
shack, while also showcasing their creations on Facebook to a wider
Currumbin RSL Business Achiever Award: 6-30 Employees
Bendigo Bank Elanora:
Operating since 2001, Bendigo Bank Elanora’s focus on customer
satisfaction is the driving force behind it’s continued involvement
and fundraising efforts for local community organizations such as
Currumbin Rural Fire Brigade, Palm Beach Currumbin Lions Club,
Leukemia foundation and Careflight. Branch Manager Susie Carter was
recently crowned District Charity Queen and a Finalist in this year’s
Lions Medical Research Personality Quest thanks to her work with the
Palm Beach Currumbin Lions Club to raise more than $15,000 to support
medical research, with the quest raising $220, 000 overall.
Red Heeler Business Achievement Award: 30+ Employees
Currumbin RSL:
In 2009 cash donations totaling over $140,000 was shared amongst local
groups and events from a generous Currumbin RSL. In 2010 they hope to
continue financial aid to the community. Currumbin RSL is a dynamic
organization priding itself on being an integral part of the local
community. The club is multi faceted and encompasses CRC, College of
Hospitality, Dune Café, Foodoo the Catering Company and a veterans
support centre. It’s 160-member staff work to completely satisfy
visitors with their hospitality.
Inology Business Achievement Awards: Home Based Business
Palm Beach Apartments:
Whether you’re looking for peace and tranquility, or an adventure,
manager of Palm Beach Apartments, Christine Abaloz will strive to make
your stay a memorable and enjoyable experience. Running accommodation
based on the philosophy of ‘treat people like you’d like to be
treated’ attitude, Christine Abaloz has a strong relationship with
local community groups and sports clubs in the area, and offers
support and reduced costs for its patrons.
Bendigo Bank Tugun Business Achievement Award: Non-Profit/Community
Centacare Employment Group provides a free service in the local
community for individuals looking for work. Their mission statement of
‘strengthening families, supporting people and communities’, delivers
a strong work ethic and commitment to its clients. Centacare has
operated in the area for the past 7 years, also providing job seek
services to people with disabilities. Running as a non-for profit
organization, staff teams have increased from just 7 staff with 150
clients to 20 staff and 1100 clients.
Soul Arch Media Business Achiever Award: Product or Service Innovation
Barefoot Barista:
Local coffee aficionados are quick to point out that Barefoot Barista
whips up arguably one of the best brews on the Gold Coast. This trendy
new nook in Palm Beach Ave serves homemade light meals and treats, and
although space is limited the store always seems to accommodate the
crowds of eager caffeine seekers.
Bayview Enterprises Business Achiever Award: Special Achievement
D’Alliance Festival:
The D’Alliance Festival presented by Currumbin RSL provides the
community with a free cutting edge festival that supports local arts
workers and profiles the arts under one umbrella-including comedy,
film, music, street art, circus and interactive creative workshops.
Three dedicated staff, twenty volunteers and numerous Currumbin RSL
employees brought the event to life this year for the second year
running, providing a community event that aids cultural, social and
economic development for the region, and engages local artists and art
workers, film, comedy and visual art dreamers. The program is in the
process of planning for 2011.
“Winners were chosen for their commitment, achievements and
contribution to the Gold Coast business community, and the high
caliber of the winners is an indication of the sheer volume of
exceptional businesses located on the Southern Gold Coast,” said
Chamber President Darren Mackintosh. “This is the fifth year we have
run this event, and judging by the level of ingenuity and good
citizenship displayed by our Finalists this year I’d say this region
has a promising future ahead.”
One finalist not on the official list of winners, but certainly a
winner on the evening was local community group Palm Beach Youth Music
Venture. The initiative pairs teens from the Palm Beach, Currumbin,
Tugun and Elanora region with musical mentors with the aim of giving
the youth a positive creative outlet, and bringing them together
through music. The program only commenced twelve weeks prior to the
event, so apart from being the PBYMV’s first public performance as a
group, it was also personally the first performance for many of the
Awards performances included PBYMV’s vocalists Beau, Jess, Toni and
Jasmin, followed by the band Revolution, and an Awards finale with an
astounding set by guitarist/vocalist Beau Maynard.
The Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Awards were
proudly supported by leading local Gold Coast businesses including
Tursa Employment and Training, Bendigo Bank Tugun, Currumbin RSL,
Inology, Bayview Enterprises, The Pines Shopping Center, Soul Arch
Media & Marketing, and Red Heeler Business Essentials.
To view a full list of awards finalists, please visit
For press ready images, finalist profiles, interviews, and all other
media enquiries, contact:
Carolyn Ridings Emge
Soul Arch Media & Marketing
Phone: + 61 (0) 7 55358812 / 0415310193
Email: caz (at)

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